Mar 9, 2013; Lexington, KY, USA; Kentucky Wildcats guard Archie Goodwin (10) dunks the ball against the Florida Gators in the first half at Rupp Arena. Kentucky defeated Florida 61-57. Mandatory Credit: Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Former Kentucky Wildcat Archie Goodwin: Just Waiting For An Opportunity

Archie Goodwin leaving Kentucky to take his chances with the NBA was a little bit startling at first. Goodwin didn’t seem to have the improvement that past Calipari guards had throughout their seasons under Cal’s guidance. Guards like Tyreke Evans, Derrick Rose, Brandon Knight, John Wall, Eric Bledsoe and Marquis Teague all made strides throughout their freshman years and improved their draft stocks dramatically. Goodwin as most draft analysts say is going to be a project player, normally when you think of project players its normally big men but Goodwin has to work on his shot dramatically. ESPN analyst Fran Fraschilla says “Archie Goodwin, I can almost guarantee you, will spend a lot of his time in the D-League the next year or two.” Sure you’d like to say he can come in right away and help an NBA team but sometimes the D-League is very helpful to talent coming out of college. As an NBA scout or executive you are going to see the potential in Goodwin as a scorer in this league and with his athletic ability there’s no doubt he can make an impact. He reminds me a lot of Indiana Pacers guard Lance Stephenson. When Stephenson left Cincinnati he had the same problem as Goodwin, he couldn’t shoot very well. Stephenson spent a year and a half in the D-League honing in on his skill set and look at him now a starter for the Pacers who are a playoff team. Archie has a chance to be a first rounder and with the right coaches and players around him hopefully he will  be able to take advantage of his opportunities and make a name for himself at the next level.

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